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Owner's plea to police after pet dog mauled
A PET owner is calling on police to detain a savage dog which mauled her whippet.
Emma Meston’s dog, Ivory, was pounced on “like a lion” before the Japanese Akita/mastif cross sunk its teeth into her whimpering pet’s hindquarters.
The devastated 41-year-old said: “It was absolutely horrific. The vet said that the teeth were just inches away from severing her sciatic nerve, which would have left her paralysed. If they had got her round the neck then she wouldn’t be here today.”
She called the police immediately after the attack in West Street, Brighton, at 9.30am on Wednesday. However, they told her that dog- on-dog attacks were a civil offence and told her to contact the RSPCA.
Ms Meston added: “It’s unbelievable that a person has to be mauled before the police get involved. I just couldn’t believe it.”
Frustrated, the professional photographer took pictures of the savage dog and posted them on Face- book, asking the public to contact her if they too had been attacked.
She said: “I couldn’t believe the response. I’ve had a number of messages of support from strangers and also five or six people who have said that their dogs have also been attacked.”
“Ivory’s extremely nervous of any- one at the moment and even the trip from the car to the vets is an extremely harrowing experience.
“I have been warned about these two dogs before and I think we were just lucky that the other one was on a lead. They are often on Queen’s Road, near Air Street, and I would think that many other people’s dogs have been attacked.
“I would urge anyone who has to call the RSPCA.
“It’s only a matter of time before they attack a member of the public.” An RSPCA spokeswoman said if they receive a string of complaints about the same animal then they will send down an officer to investigate.
She added: “The officer will offer advice to the owner and if they deem it necessary they will contact the police and get them to investigate.”
The police yesterday said that a PCSO was going to speak to the owner. Anyone whose pets have been attacked should call Brighton RSPCA on 01273 554218.
The incident comes just a month after a man in his 30s was mauled by two dogs on Brighton Beach. The mastiff cross and Stafford- shire bull terrier involved in that incident have since been destroyed.